Aerobatics

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Holland shines

Article | Sep 02, 2015

Rob Holland’s unprecedented third freestyle victory at the World Aerobatic Championships gave the U.S. team reason to celebrate amid another disappointment.

Acro breakdown

Article | Aug 27, 2015

Sometimes the best way to build something is to bust it into little pieces. An aerobatic competition sequence is one example.

Among friends

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Pilots count on friends and family to make organized aerobatic competition possible, and each contest poses a logistical challenge that requires many volunteers.

Humble pie

Article | Aug 10, 2015

Turning the wrong way in the aerobatic box makes competition, in the sense of being competitive, difficult. A sense of humor and resilient ego come in handy.

Letters: From our July 2015 issue

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

Our debates always generate a lot of mail from readers, and the discussion aboutthe best way to fly to OSH didn’t disappoint.

Mental gymnastics

Article | Jul 30, 2015

Mastering the mental discipline required to score well in aerobatic competition is arguably both the greatest challenge, and the greatest reward.

Flying with fire

Article | Jul 30, 2015

As performers crisscrossed the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, night sky with sparks streaming from their wings, the crowd was treated to a tradition with surprisingly deep roots.

IMC Club on verge of merger with EAA

Article | Jul 28, 2015

IMC Club began as a way to exchange real-world instrument flight rules discussions and now the popular monthly meetings and video lesson format is on the verge of merging with the EAA.

Lakeland AeroClub finds its place at AirVenture

Article | Jul 25, 2015

Ten young aviators learning about aviation from the Lakeland AeroClub in Florida flew two Pipers and three Cessnas to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from their home base at Central Florida Aerospace Academy high school on the grounds at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

Light fantastic

Slideshow | Jul 23, 2015

Aerobats dazzle even in the daytime, but the night airshow at EAA AirVenture is a magical sight.

Redbird to test Sidekick training transmitter

Article | Jul 19, 2015

A device that can collect and transmit data with no connections to the airplane can report flight stresses directly to flight schools, according to Redbird Flight Simulations.

AOPA has something for everyone at 2015 AirVenture

Article | Jul 15, 2015

AOPA has nearly four dozen events planned at the association’s front-row position on the flight line during EAA AirVenture, July 20 through July 26.

Never Again: Speaking up

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

I was influenced by the senior pilot to my right, who I believed had experience in dealing with decisions like this.

Pure joy

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Raphaël Langumier suspected his 4-year-old daughter Léa would enjoy aerobatics, though her reaction–captured on a video that instantly went viral–exceeded his expectations.

Unusual attitudes to the extreme

Article | May 28, 2015

Loss of control is the No. 1 cause of fatalities in aviation, and the National Transportation Safety Board has named the problem to its Most Wanted list to promote safety education and flight training on that subject.

Mini Oshkosh: Full-scale fun for RC pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

Joe Nall Week at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest remote control fly-in in the world, typically attracting RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries.

Homecoming Fly-In, Frederick, Maryland

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Come to your airport—the national headquarters of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association—for the association’s annual Homecoming Fly-In June 6.

Passionate aerobat debuts

Article | May 05, 2015

Passionate aerobatic performer Yuichi Takagi will fly his first aerial demonstration during the AOPA Fly-In at Salinas, California, May 16.

CAFE Foundation holds ninth conference

Article | May 04, 2015

The CAFE Foundation’s Electric Aircraft Symposium is a small annual gathering, attracting 170 attendees to the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, California, May 1 and 2.

‘Like you’re flying a Thunderbirds solo act’

Article | Apr 30, 2015

With a single seat, an 18-foot wingspan, a stall speed of less than 60 mph, and a top speed of close to 300 mph, the SubSonex JSX-2 challenges one’s expectations of how a jet aircraft should look and act.

Coming to America

Article | Apr 28, 2015

For the first time in American skies, the Breitling Jet Team brought its unique brand of airshow performance to the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo—and spectators were left breathless.

If you don’t like the weather…

Article | Apr 24, 2015

Storms to the west of Lakeland, Florida, threatened students' progress in One Week Ready to Solo. If any of the flights got scrubbed, would the students be able to refine their landings in preparation for the big day?

Getting comfortable: Practice makes a pilot

Article | Apr 23, 2015

Four days of intensive flight training (five including sim time) had One Week Ready to Solo student Sherry Rosenkranz feeling more comfortable landing the RedHawk.